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Photographer

Connor Photography

Posts: 6578

Elkton, Maryland, US

FWIW, people tend to react differently to the female photographer especially when she is a looker.  It is just a fact of life. 

I do whatever it takes to get the shot I want from shooting at my waist to politely asking the subject.  If the subject(s) is good, it is better to ask, so that you can shoot many frames.

If it is a female subject, I tend to approach if she has her friend with her. It is much easier to get permission to shoot when in front of her BF, for example.  You can also share the pics with her and offer to send the image file. 

I use a GoPro harness and mount my Pan GF1 there with a remote trigger
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Adjustable-Elastic-Chest-Strap-Harness-Mount-Belt-for-GoPro-HD-Hero-2-3-Camera-/00/s/MTAwMFgxMDAw/z/M1UAAOxyE3pSEYcx/$(KGrHqFHJEIFIBW6N32QBSEYcwuh4w~~60_57.JPG

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321164822516?ss … 1423.l2649

Sep 12 13 11:35 am Link

Photographer

Images by MR

Posts: 7770

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

This is my views on street photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Hm5LTi40k

IMO.  asking someone to pose for you while on the street is just a portrait shot on the street

Sep 12 13 11:46 am Link

Photographer

Connor Photography

Posts: 6578

Elkton, Maryland, US

Images by MR wrote:
This is my views on street photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Hm5LTi40k

IMO.  asking someone to pose for you while on the street is just a portrait shot on the street

Can be, but not necessary.  smile

Sep 12 13 01:01 pm Link

Photographer

PhillipM

Posts: 6545

Martin, Tennessee, US

Swank Photography wrote:

PhillipM wrote:
I've always engaged my subjects.

http://www.keepsakephotography.us/FILM/Filmman2.jpg

Great shot...now did you offer him any money or anything?

Thanks Swank.  I always give every guy/gal on the street 5.00 for their time. wink  I shot one fellow at the mission, who used to shoot fashion in New York, with an RB67 back in the day.  He recognized it right away.  I've sat down, and chatted with some for a 1/2 hour or so.  Some, just long enough to shoot it.

Sorry for the sizes.  They're already out there, and didn't take time to resize.
More RB67's

http://www.keepsakephotography.us/FILM/Filmman15.jpg

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http://www.keepsakephotography.us/FILM/Filmman7.jpg

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http://www.keepsakephotography.us/FILM/Filmman3.jpg

Sep 12 13 02:36 pm Link

Photographer

Eye of the World

Posts: 790

Corvallis, Oregon, US

Sue,

I got this DVD when I joined NAPP (http://kelbytraining.com/course/maisel_day_with_jay/) and found it very helpful to learn from someone who has done street photography for decades. He talks about is giving something back to the subject, even if it is just a smile or a thank you, and shows how he engages people to get permission, but also how he does candid shots where the subject is not aware. There is a time and place for both techniques and it is for you as the photographer to determine what is appropriate for a particular situation.

If you are going to be shooting police or fire calls regularly, having permission from an authority in writing would be very helpful.

Sep 12 13 04:01 pm Link

Photographer

Swank Photography

Posts: 19015

Key West, Florida, US

PhillipM wrote:

Swank Photography wrote:

PhillipM wrote:
I've always engaged my subjects.

http://www.keepsakephotography.us/FILM/Filmman2.jpg

Great shot...now did you offer him any money or anything?

Thanks Swank.  I always give every guy/gal on the street 5.00 for their time. wink  I shot one fellow at the mission, who used to shoot fashion in New York, with an RB67 back in the day.  He recognized it right away.  I've sat down, and chatted with some for a 1/2 hour or so.  Some, just long enough to shoot it.

Sorry for the sizes.  They're already out there, and didn't take time to resize.
More RB67's

http://www.keepsakephotography.us/FILM/Filmman15.jpg

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http://www.keepsakephotography.us/FILM/Filmman7.jpg

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http://www.keepsakephotography.us/FILM/Filmman3.jpg

No these are fine...this is what inspires me to try street photography

Sep 12 13 06:18 pm Link

Photographer

Swank Photography

Posts: 19015

Key West, Florida, US

Eye of the World wrote:
Sue,

I got this DVD when I joined NAPP (http://kelbytraining.com/course/maisel_day_with_jay/) and found it very helpful to learn from someone who has done street photography for decades. He talks about is giving something back to the subject, even if it is just a smile or a thank you, and shows how he engages people to get permission, but also how he does candid shots where the subject is not aware. There is a time and place for both techniques and it is for you as the photographer to determine what is appropriate for a particular situation.

If you are going to be shooting police or fire calls regularly, having permission from an authority in writing would be very helpful.

Thanks for the link. I will read it. As for permission...yeah I think that might be a good option for down here.

Sep 12 13 06:19 pm Link

Photographer

me voy

Posts: 1093

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

Deja Vu!

Sep 12 13 06:36 pm Link

Photographer

Kelvin Hammond

Posts: 17359

Billings, Montana, US

I've been meaning to try some street pics with my Samsung NX300.  Because it has wifi, you can shoot with your phone and see what you're shooting, so it would just look like I'm texting with camera handing around my neck. (very quiet shutter)  I've found I can point it up or down by breathing in and out.  lol

Sep 13 13 01:15 pm Link

Photographer

-fpc-

Posts: 614

Port Chester, New York, US

Images by MR wrote:
IMO.  asking someone to pose for you while on the street is just a portrait shot on the street

agree

Sep 13 13 01:47 pm Link

Photographer

Swank Photography

Posts: 19015

Key West, Florida, US

Well I am hoping to actually try this come Monday. I'll keep you guys posted and you can let me know what you think and offer up some tips!

Sep 13 13 01:52 pm Link

Photographer

Connor Photography

Posts: 6578

Elkton, Maryland, US

Smedley Whiplash wrote:
I've been meaning to try some street pics with my Samsung NX300.  Because it has wifi, you can shoot with your phone and see what you're shooting, so it would just look like I'm texting with camera handing around my neck. (very quiet shutter)  I've found I can point it up or down by breathing in and out.  lol

I bet that your NX300 can't do that:  big_smile
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7431/9704301465_a9bfd03c06_o.jpg

Sep 13 13 02:08 pm Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 27953

Dearborn, Michigan, US

I have done a lot of street photography in NYC.  It never bothered me.

Sep 13 13 02:40 pm Link

Photographer

Untitled Photographer

Posts: 1203

Dallas, Texas, US

Images by MR wrote:
This is my views on street photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Hm5LTi40k

IMO.  asking someone to pose for you while on the street is just a portrait shot on the street

Street portraiture and its a blast to do. My avatar is an example of asking a stranger to sit for me. I do some candid work as well but most of it is where I ask a stranger if I can take their photo. I get turned down maybe 1 out of 500 requests.

Sep 13 13 03:57 pm Link

Photographer

Images by MR

Posts: 7770

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Images by MR wrote:
This is my views on street photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Hm5LTi40k

IMO.  asking someone to pose for you while on the street is just a portrait shot on the street

Untitled Photographer wrote:
Street portraiture and its a blast to do. My avatar is an example of asking a stranger to sit for me. I do some candid work as well but most of it is where I ask a stranger if I can take their photo. I get turned down maybe 1 out of 500 requests.

I'd love the see the other 498 street portraiture you've shot smile

Sep 13 13 04:07 pm Link

Photographer

johnreefphotography

Posts: 195

Washington, District of Columbia, US

The really great street photographers used 50mm lenses or somewhat wider and got close to their subject.  You have to be willing to risk taking a punch every now and then.

Sep 13 13 04:13 pm Link

Photographer

Untitled Photographer

Posts: 1203

Dallas, Texas, US

Images by MR wrote:

Images by MR wrote:
This is my views on street photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Hm5LTi40k

IMO.  asking someone to pose for you while on the street is just a portrait shot on the street

I'd love the see the other 498 street portraiture you've shot smile

Actually I've shot many more but I'm guessing my turn down ratio is close to one in 500 (or better).  I post my better stuff on my tumblr chriscurnutt.tumblr.com my avatar might represent the best "beauty" shot on the street I've taken. I watched part of your video but my cell is acting up so I'll finish it when I'm on a pc.

Sep 13 13 04:19 pm Link

Makeup Artist

sweetcheekscouture

Posts: 429

West Palm Beach, Florida, US

Images by MR wrote:
This is my views on street photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Hm5LTi40k

IMO.  asking someone to pose for you while on the street is just a portrait shot on the street

I'm with you.

I saw precious little to nothing that would be considered true street photography in this thread.

Street photography is not posed. You don't ask permission. I like some of the portraits posted but I would not consider them good examples of street photography.

It's more like photojournalism. If you stage a photograph it is not authentic.

Sep 13 13 06:19 pm Link

Photographer

Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8490

Los Angeles, California, US

Here are some examples of street photography by the famous photographer Garry Winogrand. His work is highly collectable and shown in museums worldwide.

http://www.google.com/search?q=Garry+Wi … 1190&dpr=1

He rarely ever looked through his camera when shooting candids and quite often held the camera down by his hip or at arms distance either away from his body or up in the air.

Sep 13 13 06:26 pm Link

Photographer

me voy

Posts: 1093

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

sweetcheekscouture wrote:

I'm with you.

I saw precious little to nothing that would be considered true street photography in this thread.

Street photography is not posed. You don't ask permission. I like some of the portraits posted but I would not consider them good examples of street photography.

It's more like photojournalism. If you stage a photograph it is not authentic.

Agree.

Street photography is photojournalism. The only thing missing is a proper caption.

Sep 13 13 06:35 pm Link

Photographer

thirdPartyphotography

Posts: 1

Romeoville, Illinois, US

Sep 14 13 09:57 am Link

Photographer

PhillipM

Posts: 6545

Martin, Tennessee, US

For "me"...

Not engaging one on one with a person on the street, is just boring.  Just as well be kissing your sister.

That's me though.

Sep 14 13 10:17 am Link

Photographer

enriquePHOTOs

Posts: 6

Dallas, Texas, US

i see street as being unposed where the subject has not been fully aware of their picture being taken. so have fun and dont wait too long to where they are now posing for the camera cause then you will enter into posed potraits. good luck capturing moments
my definition of street photography
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Sep 14 13 04:32 pm Link

Photographer

Momofotografi

Posts: 18

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

enriquePHOTOs wrote:
i see street as being unposed where the subject has not been fully aware of their picture being taken. so have fun and dont wait too long to where they are now posing for the camera cause then you will enter into posed potraits.

Completely agree with it....even if sometime the line between portrait and candid street photography is very thin...

here some of my street shot:
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7063/6992698247_3627b76934.jpg
Ikiryō (Explored) par MomoFotografi, sur Flickr

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8325306802_43f1bd7ab7.jpg
Mother & Daughter par MomoFotografi, sur Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5006/5243823113_b2f82faed2.jpg
Frozen par MomoFotografi, sur Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7116/7559156510_e3bbb18d55.jpg
Playing God par MomoFotografi, sur Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7114/6904931522_70c82d0197.jpg
Night of the Living Dead par MomoFotografi, sur Flickr

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6220/6244317889_a1e5176c1a.jpg
Let the dogs out! par MomoFotografi, sur Flickr

Jun 28 14 01:53 am Link

Photographer

Marcio Faustino

Posts: 2056

Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

To me there is a difference between street photography and street portrait.

Street portraits:
http://www.marciofaustino.com/street-portraits.html

Street photography:
http://www.marciofaustino.com/passing-by.html


About how to shoot.
I don't like to pretend I am not photographing people. Specially because I like to shoot very near them. I like to see their reaction, interaction with the camera (eather positive or negative), and even let people decide if they are ok about it. It doesn't matter if I have the right or not to do, I like to be in accord with people I photograph.

Jun 28 14 03:18 am Link

Photographer

PIEntertainment

Posts: 1290

Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Some of mine from last weekend:

Sometimes people wear a cool shirt:
http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/a/2/a/0/600_379721632.jpeg

Sometimes they walk into your shot: http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/a/7/2/8/600_379722792.jpeg

And they do the Beatles walking across the street pose while they walk into my shot:
http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/a/8/0/4/600_379723012.jpeg

Jun 28 14 06:41 pm Link

Photographer

-fpc-

Posts: 614

Port Chester, New York, US

for a look at true street work
and you live in the NYC area

Garry Winograd is now at the Met until Sept

awesome exhibition

Jul 07 14 03:49 pm Link